Sixth String Notes
on the Guitar

There are three notes on the sixth string (low E string) of the guitar in first position - E, F and G. Here is a diagram of how to play these notes on the guitar:

Left Hand Fingering

  • Play the E without placing any fingers on the 6th string.
  • Play the F by placing your 1st finger on the 1st fret of the 6th string
  • Play the G by placing your 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the 6th string

Right Hand Fingering

In general, use the p finger to play notes on the sixth string. You can use either rest stroke or free stroke

Occasionally, you may use the i finger, m finger, a finger, or any combination of these three fingers to play the sixth string. This is less common though.

Sixth String Notes in Music Notation

The diagram below shows the sixth string notes of the guitar written in guitar sheet music notation and in guitar tablature notation.

In sheet music notation

  • E is written on the space below the third line added below the music staff
  • F is written on the third line added below the music staff
  • G is written on the space below the second line added below the staff

In guitar tablature

  • E is written as a 0 (open) on the 6th line (6th string)
  • F is written as a 1 (1st fret) on the 6th line
  • G is written as a 3 (3rd fret) on the 6th line

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